Sell your house faster and at a higher market value with these home upgrades.
If you’re preparing your home for sale, there are a lot of things you could do. Some are small such as power washing the siding, cleaning the windows, giving the walls a fresh coat of paint… but there are also bigger changes you can make as well such as adding ledgestone or replacing your garage door. Every bit of cleaning and repairing will lead to an improvement in home value, but there are some home upgrades that have far more impact than others.
All siding needs to be maintained, whether it be power washing, repainting, replacing loose or broken shingles, etc. That first look at a potential home means everything to house hunters, and your siding is, of course, going to be one of the first things they notice.
Of course, there is debate over which siding is better: vinyl vs. wood. There are benefits to both, but typically wood siding will look better for longer, and can even offer your home that extra layer of insulation against wind and cold- this is an attractive option for home buyers up for lower electric bills.
Replace/paint front door
One of the best ways to freshen up the first impression of your home is to paint (or re-paint) the front door. That extra pop of color on the front door can make potential home buyers feel more welcome, and that’s always beneficial. For tips and tricks, check out this guide on how to paint a door like a pro.
One thing you should make sure of is that your door is flush with the door frame and that your weather stripping is intact. If it is not, you should consider replacing it to keep out drafts.
Ledgestone (aka Stone Veneer)
Ledgestone offers a surprising amount of benefits far beyond aesthetics. Placing it on your exterior helps to protect the foundation of the home. It also shields the home against wind, rain, snow, and cold while helping to insulate the home.
It is commonly used for creating a faux stone fireplace, as a backsplash in the kitchen, as walls of a shower, or as a wainscoting for the exterior of homes. It is an affordable option for design as well, and in terms of home upgrades, it’s an easy one. If you’re looking for a dramatic change for many parts of your home, consider ledgestone your best option.
A deck is one of the most attractive features to potential home buyers, but it can also be a huge turn off if that deck needs to be repaired or completely replaced. So take a good look at your deck and see what it needs. Make any necessary changes before the home goes up for sale, because there are only a handful of people that like the idea of a home that needs repairing as soon as they move in.
Also, if you don’t have a deck yet, it might be something you want to consider adding. It would add a lot of home value and might be exactly what’s needed to get your home sold quickly.
Pergola’s are an added benefit to any home since it allows homeowners to use their deck for an extended period of time. It’s also a great way to add character and color to your deck and backyard. In a way, it turns your backyard into a retreat, whether you use it just for growing grapes or roses, or it’s used just to provide shade and an outdoor eating area on your deck.
For some home buyers, this is an absolute must. People need a place for their pets to roam, and a way to keep them on the property. Same with the kids.
A privacy fence offers many things, among the most important are: security, privacy, noise reduction, a barrier between the road or neighbors and your children and home… as well as that all important additional home value.
Most realtors would agree that first appearances are everything for home buyers. This means that your curb appeal has to be on point. So trim your hedges, weed your garden, add some colorful flowers, put up a picket fence… anything to spruce up the exterior of your home.